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Yahoo! News chronicles wounded veteran and Hanger Clinic patient Kyle Earl's life with new prosthetic hand

Kalamazoo, Mich., July 12, 2012 – Earlier this year, Yahoo! News and Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor, brought wounded U.S. Veteran Kyle Earl to Hanger Clinic in New York City where he met with Hanger clinician John Rheinstein and Hanger’s Vice President of Upper Extremity Prosthetics Troy Farnsworth to learn about the latest in prosthetic technology. The visit was part of Yahoo! News’ “Remake America”, a weekly video series chronicling the lives of several families as they strive to get back on track to achieve “the American dream”, while allowing viewers to offer ideas and solutions for the issues facing Americans today. After learning about the various prosthetic options during his visit to Hanger Clinic, Earl decided he would give a prosthetic hand a try. He was recently fit with a microprocessor-controlled prosthetic hand by Hanger Clinic Upper Extremity Specialist Craig Jackman and Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Hanger Clinic Prosthetist Lissa Adams.
Watch Earl being fit with and adjusting to life with his new prosthetic hand here:
About Kyle Earl and his wife Krystal – Kyle and Krystal Earl are a young couple from Michigan who have already survived more traumatic events than most families experience in a lifetime. Kyle, now a wounded veteran after losing his right hand, is facing a new chapter in his life both as a father and in a currently undetermined career. Kyle and Krystal’s oldest child suffers from a rare genetic disorder, which makes it difficult for them to work full time since they must provide her with round-the-clock-care. Follow their story here:
About Dr. Richard Besser – Senior Health and Medical Editor for ABC News, appearing regularly on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline”, Besser was formerly the Director at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), where he was responsible for all of the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. Besser has authored and co-authored hundreds of presentations, abstracts, chapters, editorials, and publications. He has received many awards for his work in public health and volunteer service including the Surgeon General's Medallion for his leadership during the H1N1 response. Follow Dr. Besser on Twitter for health news and tips.
About “Remake America” –“Remake America,” an original Yahoo! News series in collaboration with Trium, aims to spark a national conversation among Yahoo!’s audience of more than 170 million users in the United States around the issues American families face every day. The series offers the Yahoo! community an opportunity to join the discussion by offering their own solutions and guidance. Comments, personal stories, and anecdotes can all be posted on the “Remake America” conversations page and America can follow these families through social media. Yahoo! News and ABC News experts work with the “Remake America” families through specific situations, offering direct advice and tips that help them break through roadblocks and create life-changing solutions. Learn more here:
About Hanger: Founded in 1861 by James Edward Hanger, the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR), owns and operates eight patient care clinics in Michigan and 700+ nationwide. Specializing in integrated rehabilitative solutions, the certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. After a six-month celebration of its 150th anniversary, on February 1, 2012 Hanger unveiled a comprehensive new brand identity to position the company for the future. The new brand includes renaming the parent company from Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. to “Hanger, Inc.”, and referring to the patient care business as “Hanger Clinic” (formerly Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics). For more information on Hanger and the new brand, visit

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